Sometimes people slip and fall down simply due to their own fault, or a random unpreventable accident. Other times, however, slip and fall accidents occur because of a dangerous condition or hazard on someone else’s property. Such dangerous conditions may include slippery floors, debris in walkways, loose electrical cords, and much more. If you believe that you slipped and fell and suffered injury because a property or business owner was negligent in some way, you should take the following steps to increase your chances of recovery from the responsible party.
What to Do After a Houston Slip and Fall Accident
Report the Incident to a Manager Make sure that you inquire about the business or store’s procedures for reporting a slip and fall accident. This way, your fall will be properly documented in their systems. Make sure you do not admit any fault in causing the slip and fall—even if you believe you may have been partially at fault. On the other hand, do make note of any statements made by managers or staff admitting that the walkway was dangerous or any other fault on their part. Make sure you get the name and title of the person to whom you report the incident.
Take Photographs Often times, after a slip and fall accident, one of the biggest disputes is the question of what caused the fall. Unlike in an automobile collision, where you can go back to your driveway (or storage lot) to take pictures, you may not be able to photograph the evidence in a slip and fall case after the fact. Depending on the extent of your injuries, if you are able, you should take photographs of the material that caused your fall while you can.
Seek a Medical Evaluation The severity of slip and fall injuries—such as back or neck injuries—may not be immediately realized and may instead worsen over time. You want to make sure to have a doctor perform an exam and necessary diagnostics such as X-rays, etc., as soon as possible after you fall. That way, even if your pain and symptoms do not “peak” for several days, you will have evidence connecting your injuries to the fall incident.
Contact a Personal Injury Attorney If you believe you should recover for your injuries because someone else was negligent, you may have to file a legal claim against the responsible party. Even the most seemingly simple personal injury cases may become complicated, especially if you are taking on a large business, such as a large grocery or department store. These businesses have many resources to try to avoid liability, and you always want the assistance of a personal injury attorney who also has necessary experience and knowledge to take them on.
If you suffered serious injuries in a slip and fall accident, Houston slip and fall lawyer Stewart J. Guss can help you receive the maximum recovery. Call our office today at 281-664-6500 to schedule a free consultation. There is no fee unless we win your case.